Find a car review

Make
Model

Range Rover Sport review - more entertaining than you might expect - Engine and Transmission

Hugely capable off-roader that makes you question the relevance of the regular Range Rover

Evo rating
Price
from £61,255
  • Fast, comfy, capable SUV
  • Huge size and weight; image problem

Aside from the loopy SVR, the top end of the Range Rover Sport’s engine range is a 503bhp supercharged V8 petrol unit familiar from performance variants of Jaguar saloons and coupes. Its relevance in a car this large and practically minded is an argument for elsewhere; what’s hard to contest is that it lends the Sport an opulence no diesel engine (no matter how sophisticated) is capable of serving up.

Peak torque arrives at 2500rpm, but throttle response and accelerative thrust are impressive before this point in the rev range. It’s a hugely flexible engine, and despite having a claimed 2335kg to shift (2469kg on our scales), it never feels short on power. In fact, with third gear not reaching its rev limit until beyond 85mph, you’ll rarely use more than half-throttle in smooth, measured driving.

Subscribe to evo magazine

If you're passionate about the world's greatest performance cars, experience the thrill of driving with evo magazine. Try your first 5 issues for £5.

>Read our Range Rover Sport SVR review

The ZF automatic gearbox is perfectly suited to the car, and there aren’t many scenarios that call for you to switch from its standard Drive to Sport mode, or to use its steering wheel-mounted paddles to swap ratios yourself. Should you decide to push the Sport harder, though, flicking between its eight gears is pretty intuitive.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

Other engine options comprise a 288bhp 3-litre V6 diesel, a 335bhp V6 diesel-electric hybrid and a 334bhp 4.4-litre V8 diesel. All provide the Sport with ample performance.

Also available is JLR’s 2-litre SD4 Ingenium diesel four-pot, the first of its type in a full-size Land Rover SUV. In this twin-turbocharged guise it produces 237bhp and 369lb ft of torque with a combined (though unlikely) average of 45.6mpg.

There are two choices of four-wheel-drive systems, both of them permanent. A more off-road minded option offers up high and low range gearing, and in regular conditions, splits power 50/50 between the car’s axles, but can send 100 per cent of its power to either when required. Alternatively, a more road-biased option is simpler, with a single-speed transfer case, and a standard 42/58 front/rear torque split, with the potential for up to 62 or 78 per cent of power to go to front or rear axles respectively when required. This system is also 18kg lighter.

For those interested, the top-of-the-line Range Rover Sport SVR brings a level of on-road performance never before seen in a Range Rover product. Capable of lapping the Nurburgring in an impressive 8min 14sec, monumental for an SUV, it's performance is on a par with the likes of a BMW X5 M.

Exterior changes include added cooling for the brakes, as well as SVR badging and paint schemes. It's the 542bhp supercharged V8 lifted from the Jaguar F-Type R that's responsible for the performance, dishing out a 4.5 second 0-60mph time.

Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/best-cars/201772/best-v8-cars-past-and-present-our-favourite-eights-and-the-cars-theyre-found-in
Best cars

Best V8 cars past and present – our favourite eights and the cars they’re found in

Whether it’s smooth and sophisticated or motorsport-like in its aggression, the V8 remains one of our favourite engine types, warts and all
20 Sep 2019
Visit/spy-shots/201770/porsche-cayman-gt4-rs-spied-718-to-receive-rennsport-treatment
spy shots

Porsche Cayman GT4 RS spied – 718 to receive Rennsport treatment

More power, more aero and less weight are already on the cards for Stuttgart’s fastest Cayman
19 Sep 2019
Visit/hyundai/i30-n-hatchback/201775/hyundai-i30-n-versus-hyundai-i30-tcr
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 N versus Hyundai i30 TCR

Can evo magazine’s Dickie Meaden beat Steve Sutcliffe in a straight(ish) race? We sent them to the Circuit Nuvolari with a pair of Hyundai i30 Ns to f…
20 Sep 2019
Visit/news/201740/goodyear-eagle-f1-supersport-the-best-by-design
Advertisement Feature

Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport: the best by design

That the new Eagle F1 SuperSport range of Ultra Ultra High Performance tyres is taking the trackday market by storm shouldn’t be a surprise – it’s sim…
11 Sep 2019